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Michael Pikula
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: New Works! 2 Rondels         Reply with quote

Here are two Rondels that I have finished up and wanted to share. They both have blades made from 6150 and are sporting wrought iron fittings that were forged from an old anchor chain. I will let the pictures take care of all the details but here are some specs.

The first one is 17.5 inches long overall with a 13.25 inch blade and balances 1.25 inches from the top disk. The "false edge" starts 4.5 inches from the tip. I am asking $375 for this piece plus shipping.

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The second is 19 inches long overall with a 14 5/8 inch blade and balances 2.5 inches from the top disk. The cross section of this blade is a 10 inch hollow ground parallelogram on all 4 sides that goes to about 0.5 inches from the tip, then it fades out to a nice tip, the transition is very difficult to find, if you can find it at all. I am asking $325 for this piece plus shipping.

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Also craftsmanship on all my blades are guaranteed for the life of the blade, and on pieces that have a leather wrap I will replace it once in the first 5 years. If the pieces don't meet your expectations in the first week, you can return it in like new condition for a refund.

If you would like any other pictures or information please feel free to get in touch!

Happy Turkey day!
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 9:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They look pretty nice.

Thanks for sharing them.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Something very alluring about the first one, I think it's the blade. By the way, how thick is handle on the very first one you posted? It seems very thin, but it could be an illusion.

M.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I recently bought a seax from Michael and had an opportunity to handle both of the pieces posted here. They are gorgeous in person. The Blade on the first one is an odd shape that is beautifully finished. The second was great too. I was tempted to buy them even though I was there for a seax! Michael's work is really, really good.
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 1:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

M. Eversberg II wrote:
Something very alluring about the first one, I think it's the blade. By the way, how thick is handle on the very first one you posted? It seems very thin, but it could be an illusion.

M.


I had the opportunity to see these pieces today. Both have their own feel, their own flavor.

Michael has done a nice job, both with the grinding of the blade, and with the cutlery work.

To speak towards the question - how thick is the grip on the first one? Thin... no illusion. It's probably in the neighborhood of 3/8, perhaps a tad less. I have thick hands, and it took up the space between the rondels. One might think that a "skinny" grip like this would lead to a shaky, unsure grip, but that is not the case.

For the record, if I'd had the funds (or had any chance of replacing the funds from the house account in a reasonable time frame), this one would have stayed with me. It'd be a beautiful piece for civilian wear, though perhaps a tad light for military use (that's not a knock - I'd want a heavier piece in full harness). If this one sells (and I hope it does), I'll have to commission similar in the future. That perhaps says something, when I can make my own stuff. Each of us who make things has our own "feel", our own "flavor". I like Mike's work, and this piece in particular.


The second one Michael posted - again, solid piece. The blade is intriguing - a parallelogram in cross section (like a box, pushed over - two sets of sides of equal length), and is hollow ground on all 4 sides. This is a little hard to make out in the pics, as it's a large-diameter wheel, but is nicely done - subtle on those narrow sides.


These are definitely worth a good look.



Keep it up, Michael! Let's see what else you've got!
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Michael Pikula
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you very much for the feedback guys! It is always nice to hear nice comments about my work and to see how someone else sees my work. I am glade to hear everyone likes what I am working so hard to produce!

Tim it was a pleasure to meet you on Wednesday and have the chance too show you my blades and take a look of a few from your collection!
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Michael Pikula
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Dec, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If anyone is interested in one of these rondels but feels that the price is a little too high make me an offer. I am still trying to feel out what the market will bear and what not. Happy
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